The unimpressive election results, especially in key Senate races during the midterms, have brought the RNC and its head, Ronna McDaniel, under scrutiny for lavish spending on non-election-related items.
RedState published a report that examined RNC’s 2021-22 spending. It showed more than $500,000 in private jet expenses, $64,000 at clothing retailers, and $321,000 in floral arrangements.
According to data published by Red State, since 2017, the RNC has spent over $3 million on private jet services, $1.3 million on limousine/chauffeur services, more than $17 million on donor mementos, $750,000 on floral arrangements, and $80,000 in alcohol-related expenditures.
Other seemingly frivolous expenses included $30,000 for a private box at a Las Vegas Raiders game, $13,000 for Broadway shows, $9,400 at Madison Square Garden, and $43,000 at Topgolf locations in Texas, Nevada, Virginia, and Maryland.
RedState says they spoke with vendors, officials familiar with the workings, and former staffers of current RNC members to verify numbers and dates.
On Fox News, country star John Rich blasted the Republican party saying that the word RINO – Republicans In Name Only- was no longer a suitable term for such Conservatives because it defamed the “noble rhinoceros.” Rich said they should be called “Judas Republicans” because they betrayed the trust of the people. “They took their money and they never intended on using that money for what they said they were going to use it for,” Rich said.
BREAKING: Inside source is at the RNC tell me that Romney McDaniel’s campaign is in FREE FALL.
“This is an implosion” a high ranking RNC official tells me. Dozens of state officials are walking back their endorsements.
“She is toxic,” I’m told by one voting RNC member.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 13, 2022
Rich also criticized the RNC for raising a lot of money using Trump’s name and putting out statements that said they were “fighting for Trump” while privately hitting the Trump campaign with cease and desist orders.
McDaniel, the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is facing strong competition this season after failing to bring home the Red Wave predicted.
One of her strongest competitors is Harmeet Dhillon, a conservative attorney who has served on occasion as legal counsel to President Trump.
Thank you @IngrahamAngle for having me tonight to discuss reporting by @jenvanlaar on how the RNC spends precious donor dollars. Bigger issue is hundreds of millions blown on consultants who fail. No one cares about floral excess if you are winning elections. Time for change! 🕰️ pic.twitter.com/hEEVt6LYu5
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 16, 2022
Dhillon told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Republicans are “tired of losing” and that the Republican party needs to “radically reshape” its leadership if it wants to win. “We can’t keep running elections like we did in the ’90s and the 2000s, and we really have to modernize to compete with the Democrats dollar for dollar in the ways they fundraise, the way they deliver their ballots to the ballot boxes,” Dhillon said.